Browsing Month February, 2008

Recent catchwords: read-alike, violin hickey, throw a Porsche at someone, Q-tip cruise, 1-800 car

Sorry the updates have been so intermittent. I’ll try to get back on track. Recent interesting catchwords from the Double-Tongued Dictionary: read-alike n. a (fiction) book whose contents are similar to another book’s. violin hickey n. a mark left on the neck from playing the violin. throw a Porsche at someone v. phr. in the more…

Eleven months and snow

The boy spent some time in his first snow today. Not that compelling, really. Here are some photos of the last few weeks, through his eleven-month-birthday.

The Tell-All of the Century: Snitching Slang

My latest column in the Malaysia Star. … In Howard Marks’ rollicking memoir of a life of crime, Mr Nice, he describes living as a fugitive from justice: “I was fully aware that any one of them could turn me in to the authorities at any time. I just big-headedly assumed that anyone who knew more…

Fog line, instant ancestor, trashout

Recent interesting catchwords from the Double-Tongued Dictionary: fog line the bright lines painted near a road’s edge to guide drivers. instant ancestor n. an old photograph of strangers used as decoration. trashout when a tenant is forced out of a house due to foreclosure or eviction and leaves it in a squalid state.

He walks!

The boy is offiicially a walker. We decided a few weeks ago that “walking” is being able to launch yourself where you want to go rather than mama and papa putting you up on your feet to walk back and forth between them. By that definition, Guthrie is a walker. Wobbly, true, but he can more…

See, ya kid: saying goodbye in slang

My latest column from the Malaysia Star. Slang is the language of young people. It is a fast-moving river and although its bends and flows seem the same, they are, they must be, composed of different cascades and crests. We learn the slang of our generation and it is always the slang we know best, more…